Emergency services in major training exercise

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Emergency services in major training exercise

A fire at a Northamptonshire football stadium, in which 35 people were trapped inside, was the staged scenario used in a large-scale training exercise by emergency services.

The exercise, which took place on Saturday at Nene Park Stadium in Irthlingborough, involved about 40 firefighters as well as specialist fire units, the HART team from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Police Specials and PCSOs.

About 50 Police and Fire Cadets also volunteered their time to play live casualties, enabling realistic rescue procedures to be carried out during the two-hour operation.

Details of the exercise were kept under wraps until the last minute, when participants finally discovered they would need to rescue multiple casualties trapped inside a smoke-logged football stadium, as part of a simulated set of circumstances aimed at preparing staff and volunteers for potential real life disasters.

The rescue was further complicated by the addition of another imagined event in which part of the building collapses, leaving two firefighters trapped.

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